The South West once again hailed for its tourist attractions

The South West of England is where to find some of the best in English tourism, according to the South West Tourism Excellence Awards Chairman, Alistair Handyside. The finalists were revealed recently with both finalists and highly commented notables getting a mention.

The awards panel did not take their task lightly. They reviewed 350 entries within the South West region and visited over 200 of them. The panellists discussed their observations and thoughts over a 20 hour period, spread over several panel meetings, to decide on finalists and entries that should receive special mention.

The regional awards set for early next year will feature the South West flag prominently with more than fifty of the finalists planning to attend and many more of the others noted by the South West Tourism Excellence Awards. It is expected that the awards night will provide an opportunity to truly showcase what is great about tourism in the South West.

Two of the finalists couldn’t be more different: The RNAS Yeovilton’s Air Day will be looking to outdo the Falmouth Oyster Festival. Taste versus air superiority! The popular chef Rick Stein with his collection of businesses in Padstow have received two nominations as well. The rooms at the Seafood Restaurant which also serves as a bed and breakfast gets the nod, as does The Cornish Arms in the best tourist pub section.

There are a number of different categories where tourism businesses compete. Smaller visitor attractions is one category, with accommodation separately visited and considered for another category. All of the businesses involved with the awards in the new year are no doubt justly proud of this important achievement and no doubt eager to see if they will progress. The tourism awards for the South West serves as a heat, with the winners going on to the next stage, and ultimately if successful, the Visit England awards later next year.